Media Advisory:  Potential Human Health Effects of Surface Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia – Public Meeting May 23

A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that is studying the potential relationship between increased health risks and living in proximity to sites being mined or reclaimed for surface coal deposits, will hold its second public meeting on May 23 in Logan, West Virginia. The study will focus on four states in Central Appalachia – Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Representatives from West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Coal Association, and a number of environmental groups will participate in panel discussions during open session.  A town hall meeting will follow in the evening, where community members will have an opportunity to address the committee during a public comment session.


The open session of the meeting will be held from 12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. EDT, followed by the town hall discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 23, at the Chief Logan Lodge, 1000 Conference Center Drive, Logan, W.Va. Reporters who wish to attend should contact the Office of News and Public Information, tel. 202-334-2138 or email

An agenda for the meeting is available online